IROQUOIS — When you combine the warmth of a late summer afternoon, a couple of acres of classic cars, and the sounds of good-time rock and roll, it can only mean that you’re once again visiting the Golden Gears annual car show and concert. In what has now become a defining event of the lead-up to fall, this show takes place again at the Iroquois Locks on Sunday, August 27.
With good weather, it’s not uncommon to see 400 vehicles lined up for visitors to enjoy while listening to the sounds of Eddy & the Stingrays – eastern Ontario’s premiere 60’s band. Best of all, if you come to see the cars and hear the music, there’s no charge, although visitors will be encouraged to make a donation to help defray the costs of the event.
Cars will begin arriving before 8 a.m. but the show officially runs from 9 to 3; the band will perform from noon to 3 on the covered stage at the Iroquois Locks, rain or shine. For classic car owners who want to show their vehicle, there are plenty of door prize and trophies, and everyone can take part in the 50-50 draw. If all that music and car watching works up an appetite, Fat Les will have his food truck on the site to help manage the hungries.
Again, this year, through an arrangement with the Iroquois Golf Club the Golden Gears will be able to provide a limited number of golf carts and drivers to offer tours of the show to those with mobility issues. A large area for accessible parking will also be available.
Because this summer has provided more than enough rain, there will be tents to provide shelter from the sun or rain. Just remember to bring your lawn chair.
The Golden Gears Car Club now boasts over 80 members, made up of classic car owners and car enthusiasts. The group is a reincarnation of a club that operated in the Iroquois area from the mid-sixties to the early 1970s. The club was revived early in 2012 with a two-fold mission: the preservation and restoration of classic cars, and a desire to help the community.
The Golden Gears have hosted several “Show & Shine” events throughout the summer and have been visiting similar events hosted by other clubs. Group members have brought home trophies from shows in Brockville, Cornwall and Quebec to name a few.
In addition, the club also held a food drive in Morrisburg on Tubie weekend with proceeds going to Community Food Share for Dundas and Stormont County and have made substantial donations to the local Lions Club’s fund-raiser for mental health awareness.
On Labour Day weekend, the club will be participating in the Labourfest activities in Cardinal and on Labour Day will be making a donation to the Cruise-in for Cancer at the Docksyde in Morrisburg, all good reasons to be generous on the 27th when the folks at the entry gate ask if you’d like to make a donation.